Malcolm Allison

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The artington string quartet,my quartet is experieced in performing in concerts and for weddings and other private functions, classical,pop
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Malcolm studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was the leader of the national youth orchestra in 1989, my string quartet, the artington string quartetwe are comprised of fabulous musicians who are all experienced in professional classical and popular music performance. I am grateful for music in my life, it expresses what can not be put into words. Some of my performing highlights include a tour of South America as a solo violinist with orchestra and leading orchestras in tours of China and concerts in the UK, I recently performed concertos ( solo with orchestra ) in London and my Piano Trio will perform in January 2024 at Cockermouth Music Society, I bring a sensitivity and deep musical affinity in my performing, I have performed with Nigel Kennedy and recently have given concerts with the philharmonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Gillian L
4 years ago, for a Concert in Ricardo Ct
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5 out of 5

Our afternoon concert on 12th January was given by the Artington String Quartet, a group of distinguished musicians from the Guildford area, who have been playing together since 2015. They began with Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ Quartet K.465, perfectly catching the brooding mystery of the opening then switching effortlessly to the flowing conversation of the main part of the first movement. The calm serenity of the Andante led us on to the genuinely dancing Menuetto, with its more dramatic trio section, and then to the vigorous final Allegro. The group’s fine grasp of variety of mood and colour was again evident in Beethoven’s G major Quartet, op. 18 no. 2. Beethoven makes concise use of sharply-contrasting material in the opening Allegro, which gave leader Malcolm Allison, in particular, the opportunity to display his considerable virtuosity. The opening of the Adagio revealed rich sonorities, especially from Emily Frith (viola) and Jonathan Hennessey-Brown (‘cello); this material returned, after a sprightly Allegro middle section, with florid decoration shared between first violin and ‘cello. The lively Scherzo, with its abrupt key changes, saw first and second violin (Catherine Lett) tossing the melodic line backwards and forwards, before the finale surprised and delighted us with some characteristic Beethoven ‘false starts’ in the ‘wrong’ key. After the interval, we turned to Smetana’s Quartet ‘From my life’. As its title suggests, it was conceived as an intimate record of the composer’s life, and was premièred in 1876, after Smetana had, like Beethoven, become deaf. Violist Emily Frith had a key role in this piece, beginning with a dramatic solo at the start of the first movement, which expresses the composer's romantic ideals in life and music. The group showed a real sense of fun in the Polka second movement, with its clear evidence of the influence of folk music. Jonathan Hennessey-Brown’s hitherto restrained and supportive playing gave way to an authoritative and big-toned ‘cello solo in the Largo, whilst the last movement featured a persistent high E in the first violin part – a poignant reminder of the tinnitus that heralded the onset of the composer’s deafness. The Artington Quartet are very committed to supporting mental health care, and will be returning to give a Coffee Concert on 10th June in aid of Oakleaf ( A retiring collection in aid of Oakleaf was also held at this concert, and raised a substantial amount for the charity.

Susan A
7 years ago, for a Concert in Cockermouth CA13
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IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FROM ARTINGTON QUARTET The newly formed Artington String Quartet gave a masterly performance at their first concert in Cockermouth, when the audience were treated to their interpretation of two famous quartets, Mozart “Dissonance” Quartet and Smetana’s semi autobiographical “From my Life” Quartet. Malcolm Allison(Violin) led with assurance and sensitivity to every nuance of the music and was ably joined by Catherine Lett(Violin). The whole group’s instinctive balance of sound united with a clear understanding of dynamics and mood. Jonathan Hennessey-Brown (Cello) brought admirable bass support to the group at all times and Emily Frith(Viola) was particularly impressive in the Smetana with her solo moments which gave emotional energy to the depiction of a master composer’s worst nightmare - the onset of deafness. The concert’s second half was devoted to a performance of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A with Susan Allison (Piano), exciting and wonderful music which the audience clearly enjoyed. SUSAN ALLISON, Cockermouth Music Society

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Beatles Yesterday
Meditation Thais
Pachabel Canon
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Kreisler liebes Freud
Bach sonatas and partitas
Elgar Salut d’amour
Mendelsohn violin concerto slow movement
James Bond theme tune
La vie en rose
It don’t mean a thing
Bruch violin concerto
Fiocco allegro
Bach air on a g string
Kreisler Liebeslied
Strauss Blue Danube
Gounod ave maria
Beethoven violin concerto
Kreisler Präludium and allegro
Elgar chanson de matin
Elgar chanson de nuit
Tchaikovsky violin concerto
Bach Sonata no.1
Bach partition no 1
Bach Sonata no 2
Bach partition no 2
Bach Sonata no 3
Bach partition no 3
Bach suite for viola no 1
Bach suite for viola no 2
Bach suite for viola no 3
Bach suite for viola no 4
Bach suite for viola no 5
Bach suite for viola no 6
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